Find out what the world has said about the environment in the Peoples’ Climate Vote 2024, the biggest ever public opinion survey on climate change.

2024 is a landmark year for democracy. Around the world, over 50 elections will take place, with the fate of politicians, governments and entire countries in the hands of billions of people, with potentially huge consequences for the climate.

One test of the world’s attitudes to the environment has come in the form of a vast United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) study about climate change, in which 75,000 people speaking 87 different languages across 77 countries have been surveyed on the impacts of rising temperatures and what governments should be doing about them. After years of work, the results have now been released, and they show an overwhelming desire for increased action on climate change.

Stronger action needed

The key takeaway from the Peoples’ Climate Vote 2024 were that 80% people globally want their governments to take stronger action to tackle the climate crisis, with even more (86%) wanting to see their countries set aside geopolitical differences and work together on climate change.

The survey revealed strong support for increased climate action in 20 of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters. Those majorities included 66% of people in the United States and Russia, 73% in China, 85% in Brazil and 88% in Iran. The survey also found that climate change is something that’s clearly on people’s minds, with 56% saying they think about it regularly (daily or weekly) and more than half saying they were more worried about it than last year (53%).

“The Peoples’ Climate Vote is loud and clear,” said UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. “Global citizens want their leaders to transcend their differences, to act now and to act boldly to fight the climate crisis. The survey results reveal a level of consensus that is truly astonishing. We urge leaders and policymakers to take note, especially as countries develop their next round of climate action pledges – or ‘nationally determined contributions’ under the Paris Agreement. This is an issue that almost everyone, everywhere, can agree on.”

Protect and restore

One set of particularly interesting results from the survey was an overwhelming desire for richer countries to help poorer countries adapt to climate change (79%), with 78% people wanting more protection for people at risk from extreme weather. There was also strong support for tree planting and wildlife protection, with 81% of people stating that they wanted their country to do a lot to protect and restore nature.

Restoration and protection are at the heart of the Carbon Balanced Paper scheme, alongside its partners, World Land Trust (WLT). Through a network of local partners, WLT protects a number of biologically significant habitats and their inhabitants, as well as carrying out extensive reforestation projects that restore land devastated by agriculture or fire.

“As world leaders decide on the next round of pledges under the Paris Agreement by 2025, these results are undeniable evidence that people everywhere support bold climate action,” said Cassie Flynn, UNDP’s Global Director of Climate Change.

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For more information on the Peoples’ Climate Vote 2024, go to peoplesclimate.vote

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